Seo is latest Korean LPGA winner
Hee Kyung Seo has joined the string of South Koreans who have won on the LPGA Tour, womens golf’s premier circuit.
Seo won her first LPGA title on Sunday with a commanding six-stroke victory at the Kia Classic in California, an event sponsored by Korean companies and dominated by Korean golfers
Playing in just her sixth tour event, Seo entered the final day with a five-stroke lead and was never in danger of losing it.
Seo was more erratic on Sunday, even throwing in a double bogey at the 16th, but she was so far ahead by then, it did not really matter.
Fellow Korean Inbee Park produced the round of the day, a seven-under 65 which included an eagle at the par-five third, to snatch an unlikely second, having been way off the pace overnight.
Two more Koreans, Jee Young Lee and Jiyai Shin, each carded rounds of two under to share third with Chinese Taipei’s Candie Kung, a who had been second overnight.
Open champion Catriona Matthew refound her form with a five-under 67 which left the Scot four under for the weekend, tied for sixth in a group of four players which included Michelle Wie.
Matthew was left to rue rounds of 75 and 74 on Friday and Saturday which pushed her out of contention.
Wie was hit with a two-stroke penalty for grounding her club in a hazard on the par-five 11th, denying her a share of second.
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